AIR Centre Networking Fridays

Twitter Hashtag: #netfridays

We already had eight fantastic sessions. Great moderators and several hundreds of very proactive participants coming from governments, academia, multilateral organizations, companies, entrepreneurs and civil society from 35 countries around the Atlantic Ocean also contributed to a flying start. The Networking Fridays will continue in the next months, every Friday, always starting at 1 PM UTC.

On June 26th, 1-3 PM UTC we had our first 2-hour long Thematic Special Session, which will take place every last Friday of the month. This first session focused on Sensors and we had a remarkable group of speakers and presentations moderated by Elisa Ravagnan (NORCE, Norway):

  • Matthew Mowlem (NOC, UK): Sensors and instrumentation for biogeochemical, biological and ecosystem variables
  • Frank Muller-Karger (USF / GEO MBON, USA): Linking Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) and Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) to Understand Life in the Sea
  • Eric Delory (PLOCAN, Spain): Supporting EOVs and FAIRness with smarter sensors
  • Marcelo Pias (FURG, Brazil): Towards low-cost A.I.-based sensor systems

On July 10th, 1-2 PM UTC, Sigi Gruber, Head of the Healthy Oceans and Seas Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission will present the work of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. The Alliance is the result of science diplomacy efforts involving countries from around the Atlantic Ocean, and supports the implementation of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation signed in May 2013 and the Belém Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation signed in July 2017. It aims at enhancing marine research and innovation cooperation so as to promote its well-being, prosperity and security for present and future generations. More information here. Register for this session here.

On July 17th, 2020, 1-2 PM UTC, we will have DK Osseo-Asare, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Engineering Design at the Stuckeman School, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State. The moderator will be Felipe Addor, adjunct professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Nucleus for Social Development of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Nides/UFRJ). DK Osseo-Asare is cofounder and principal of architecture and integrated design studio Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana, which was recently  named one of Domus magazine’s 50 best in 2020. He currently holds a triple appointment in humanitarian materials Penn State as an assistant professor of architecture and engineering design, triangulating the Stuckeman School, the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), and the Materials Research Institute (MRI). He is the director of the Humanitarian Materials Lab (HuMatLab), affiliate to the Materials Matters and Stuckeman Center for Design Computation research clusters, and associate director of AESEDA, Penn State’s Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Design with Africa. More information here. Register for this session here.

On July 24th, 2020, 1-2 PM UTC, we will meet Paulo Jorge Lima Veiga, Minister of Maritime Economy, Cabo Verde, who will discuss the development of the Maritime Economy in Cabo Verde and its role in the post-pandemic national economic recovery, namely the fisheries sector, the creation of Campus do Mar, the São Vicente Special Maritime Economic Zone Project, and the country’s economy transition towards the Blue Economy. Minister Paulo Veiga took office on 10 January 2020 after serving for two years as Assistant Secretary of State for Maritime Economy.  He has academic training in the areas of Business Management and Marketing at the University of Arizona, USA, and more than twenty years of experience in management and administration of relevant companies in the Cabo Verde, in the areas of real estate, civil construction, food products, cement and a , media and communication. He served as a member of the Customs Technical Council and as Vice-president of the Sotavento (Leeward) Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services. Until he joined the Government, he kept a very fruitful activity linked to sports, associations and social initiatives. Since 2008, Paulo Veiga has actively participated in political life as a Member of the National Political Commission and Member of the South  Santiago Political Commission of the Movement for Democracy Party (MpD). Minister Paulo Veiga was elected, in 2016, as a Member of the National Assembly, when he was appointed as Vice President of the Leadership of the MpD Parliamentary Group, Member of the Specialised Committee on Budget and Finance, and Member of the Board of Directors of the National Assembly of Cabo Verde, representing the MpD. More information here. Register for this session here.

We will continue with the Networking Fridays during the next months. More information about future sessions as well as presentations and videos from previous sessions can be found here. Twitter Hashtag: #netfridays. Expect some very exciting afternoons, or mornings or evenings, depending on where you are…

We will continue with the Networking Fridays during the following months. Stay tuned for the next sessions or watch past sessions in our YouTube Channel. Expect some very exciting afternoons, or mornings or evenings, depending on where you are…

If you need any additional information please send an email to Jose Luiz Moutinho.